By Achadu Gabriel, Kano
Emir of Kano State, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has tasked journalists to abide by ethics of the profession and desist from portraying Nigeria negatively to the world.
According to him, modern journalists resulted to what he called ‘yellow journalism,’ which was very bad to the development of this country, saying the era of portraying country of origin is over.
Emir Sanusi said journalists must desist from publishing or reporting anything that would paint the country black globally.
The Emir made the remarks Friday at a two day workshop for Media Practitioners organised by Kaduna Refinery and Patrol Chemical Company, KRPC, in Kano.
The Emir, represented by District Head of Dala, Turaki Abdullahi Lamido Sanusi, said negative reportage would do the country no good. “We must desist from ‘yellow journalism,’ which is now the trend in the country.
“Most of our reportage, today, is about portraying the country negatively instead of positively. We are not doing the country any good. We are not supposed to publish everything that will portray our nation bad, because whatever we published is respected by the public.
“We should try not to cause chaos but peace in the country. We are aware that the government is trying to fix some of the crisis in the country and it’s not easy doing that, particularly in Oil and Gas industry, which is the backbone of our nation’s economy.
“We should soften things. So, what is bordering me is how we are portraying the country bad, which you hardly find in other parts of the world.
“We must learn to report positively; that is the kind of journalism we want to see in this country,” he said.
Earlier, Managing Director KRPC, Adewale Ladenegan, said the role of the media in the development of this country cannot be overemphasised.
He said it’s in tandem with this that KRPC management resolved to ensure that media practitioners have the required knowledge and capacity to effectively report the Oil and Gas industry.
He explained further that “In the first half of the year 2017, we produced and delivered to Nigerians 236.48 million litres of premium motor spirit, (PMS); 87 million litres of household Kerosene, 197.51 million litres of Automotive Gas Oil and 66.39 million litres of Low Pour Point fuel Oil(LPFO).
“The Crude Distillation Unit was streamed on 4th December, 2017, and is still in operation; likewise, the Naptha Hydro Treating Unit, which was also re-streamed on the same day.
“The re-streaming of the plant could not have come at a better time, considering the recent scarcity of the petroleum products in parts of the country.
“Within this sort period of operation, KRPC has been able to release 16.1 million litres of PMS, which is over 480 trucks, and counting into the market thereby cushioning the effect of the scarcity in especially the northern States and Abuja,” he said.
He also added that about 8.7 million litres of Kerosene and about 8 million litres of AGO has been produced since then.
The MD, represented by Executive Director Services, Abdullahi Idris, said the company has cordial relationship with its host communities. “We have been involved in so many community projects to support the people in the communities. Such projects include immunization and vaccination against deadly diseases, construction of boreholes, provision of classroom furniture, security sensitization programmes, etc.
“We have so far trained and empowered 975 youths from various communities since inception 2008 to 2017. KRPC has a robust community relations practice,” he said.